Thunderbolt 4 | USB4

ELEMENT HUB

8 Ports

4x Thunderbolt 4 | USB4

4x USB-A 10Gb/s

8K Display

Dual 4K 60Hz Displays

ELEMENT HUB Unboxing

Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub

The CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub is the first of its kind, offering 4x the performance of traditional USB-C hubs, whilst harnessing the power of Thunderbolt 4 in order to create a device without compromises.

Every Element Hub workflow will be different from the next, bringing with it the potential for incredibly unique set-ups, only limited by your imagination.

Connect what you need, when you need.

A Hub Like

No Other

Up until this point, hubs have been restricted by their interface’s performance, limiting their potential. The Element Hub, in combination with the power of Thunderbolt 4, has allowed us to create the most ambitious hub on the market.

The use of Thunderbolt 4 is the perfect interface for a device like this, as it brings with it a level of versatility not previously available through a hub.

                            Element Hub USB-C Hub USB-C Hub

Performance

40Gb/s

5Gb/s

10Gb/s

4K 60Hz Display

X

5K 60Hz Display

X

X

6K 60Hz Apple Pro Display XDR

X

X

8K Display

X

X

Dual 4K 60Hz Displays

X

X

Connect USB-C Display

X

X

Connect Thunderbolt Display

X

X

Thunderbolt 3 & 4 Compatible

USB 4 Compatible

USB-C Compatible

Daisy-Chain Thunderbolt Devices

X

X

Daisy-Chain USB Devices

Ultimate

Compatibility

Of course the Element Hub is not only for Thunderbolt 4 users. This versatile device is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, and USB 4.

This means that the Element Hub will adapt to the connected host computer in order to provide the features available to you, making the Element Hub an ideal solution for multi-workflow environments.

In addition, the included Thunderbolt 4 cable is compatible with Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and USB 4 Type-C computers.

* See compatibility and limitation information for Windows PC Thunderbolt 4 support.

Made for you

The beauty of the Element Hub’s four Thunderbolt 4 ports allows you to create the device you want.

Need to connect multiple SSDs, SD card readers, RAID storage, dual 4K monitors? No problem.

The Element Hub is a blank canvas ready to be populated with the devices you need.

Thunderbolt 4

The merging of Thunderbolt and USB brings with it the ability for devices, such as the Element Hub, to feature up to four Thunderbolt 4 ports. One Thunderbolt 4 port is used for the host computer connection, and the remaining three ports for connecting additional devices, such as another Element Hub. The workflow possibilities are endless.

Examples of devices that can be connected to the Thunderbolt 4/USB4 ports

*Thunderbolt devices and monitors connecting to the Element Hub are only compatible with Thunderbolt or USB4 host computers.
** See compatibility and limitation information for Windows PC Thunderbolt 4 support.

Don’t Compromise

on Speed

The Thunderbolt 4 ports are capable of speeds up to 3,000MB/s in order to take advantage of your ultra-fast storage devices. That is 8.5x the performance of a typical 5Gb/s USB-C hub, which offers speeds around 350MB/s from its USB-A ports.

Element Hub (Thunderbolt 4) USB-C 5Gb/s Hub (USB-A)

Max. External Storage Performance

Up to 3,000MB/s*

350MB/s (Typical performance)

Performance Difference

8.5x Faster

8.5x Slower

*Thunderbolt SSDs are only compatible with Thunderbolt & USB4 host computers. The actual performance may be slightly slower due to the latency and protocol overhead.

Built-In USB ports

Whilst the Element Hub’s Thunderbolt 4 ports add a wealth of connectivity potential, the built-in USB-A 10Gb/s ports (USB 3.2 Gen.2) allow you to easily connect up to four high-performance USB-A devices such as ultra-fast NVMe SSDs.

Desktop Users

Thunderbolt docks for years have mostly catered to the laptop user. The Element Hub however is also a great option for desktop users, including iMac and MacPro users.

Use the Element Hub with a longer 2M cable and easily access your ports from your desk instead of crouching behind a desk or monitor to plug in devices.

Monitors

The fact that the Element Hub has multiple Thunderbolt 4 ports means that you can connect to any type of monitor you require.

You can directly connect a USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, or Thunderbolt 4 monitor for simple plug and play simplicity.

Alternatively you can use a USB-C Video Adapter to connect an HDMI or DisplayPort monitor.

*With use of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 Adapter.
**With use of a USB-C Video Adapter.

Monitor Resolutions

When connected to a Thunderbolt 4 host computer the Element Hub is capable of adding a monitor up to 8K resolution, or dual 4K 60Hz monitors in either extended or mirrored modes.

For non-Thunderbolt 4 users the possible monitor resolutions can be seen below.

TBT4, TBT3 & USB4 PC* Intel TBT3 Macs** Apple M1 Macs USB-C 10Gb/s PC (DP 1.4) USB-C 5Gb/s PC (DP 1.2) iPad Pro iPad Air (4th Gen) ChromeBook Windows Tablet

4K 30Hz

4K 60Hz

5K 60Hz Thunderbolt Display

6K 60Hz Apple Pro Display XDR

8K 30Hz

Dual 4K 60Hz

*Some Windows PC manufacturers have decided to restrict functionality on their Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports such as charging and monitor compatibility.
Check to see if your PC supports a monitor.

**Intel Based Macs are required to update to macOS 11(Big Sur) or above.

Reversible Design

Anyone that has used cheap USB-C hubs knows that they lack the build quality to match that of your Thunderbolt Mac or PC.

The Element Hub is not only built from high quality aluminium, it also features a reversible design that allows you to utilise it on either the left or right hand side of your laptop.

A quick glance at the built-in LED light allows you to instantly see if the Element Hub is in operation.

Daisy-Chain

Thunderbolt and USB4 laptop users can daisy-chain Thunderbolt, USB4, and USB-C devices to the Element Hub.


Users on non-Thunderbolt and USB4 hosts, such as USB-C computers (USB 3.2, USB 3.1), are able to daisy-chain USB-C devices only. In order to daisy-chain Thunderbolt devices a Thunderbolt or USB4 connection is required.

iPad Pro

& Windows Tablets

As the Element Hub is a Thunderbolt 4/USB4 device, it is compatible with USB-C tablets such as the iPad Pro or Windows tablets.

Simply connect the Element Hub to your tablet and take advantage of the connectivity options. 

 

Tablet & Ultrabook Charging

The Element Hub not only offers versatile connectivity options, it will also charge a Tablet or Ultrabook at up to 60W through the [Computer] port.

Examples of Popular Tablets/Laptops
Laptop/Tablet Power Delivery

ChromeBook

60W

Dell XPS 13

Up to 60W

iPad Pro

Up to 45W

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop 14"

60W

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 13"

45W

MacBook Air

30W

MacBook Pro 13"

60W

Unlike other Thunderbolt 4 hubs on the market, the Element Hub has a fixed 60W laptop charging function. Whilst other Thunderbolt 4 hubs reduce their laptop charging capabilities down to 30W charging or lower when the hub is fully loaded,
the Element Hub will consistently provide 60W of charging if connecting to the laptop such as MacBook Pro 13″.

Docking Station Utility

Adding multiple devices to your hub is great but it can be a nuisance having to manually eject every storage device safely.

To solve this problem we have created a macOS Utility Software that allows users to quickly and safely eject all of their storage devices with one click.

Centralize your charging to ONE

  1. Apple Watch
  2. AirPods
  3. iPhoneSE
  4. iPhone
  5. MagSafe Charger
  6. iPhone
  7. AirPods Max
  8. iPad Pro/ iPad Air

A Powerful Offline Charging Station

The Element Hub can even work for you when it’s not connected to your computer. Keep your USB-A or USB-C devices connected to the Element Hub and it will continue to charge them. All 8 ports on the Element Hub can be used at the same time for offline charging.

Apple SuperDrive

Many docks and hubs are not compatible with the Apple SuperDrive since it requires a lot of power from the connected USB port. In fact Apple recommends to connect it directly to a computer. CalDigit has solved this problem by creating a driver that will allow the SuperDrive to work through the Element Hub. 

  • Technical Specifications
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  • FAQ

Interface

4 x Thunderbolt 4 (40Gb/s) 
4 x USB-A 3.2 Gen.2 (10Gb/s)
1 x AC Power

Minimum System Requirements

macOS 11 (Big Sur) or above
Windows 10 or above
iPadOS
Chrome OS
Thunderbolt 4 Computer
Thunderbolt 3 Computer
USB-C (USB 4) Computer
USB-C (USB 3.1) Computer
iPad Pro
iPad Air (4th Gen)
Windows Tablet
USB-C ChromeBook

Power Delivery

Up to 60W  Host Charging (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 15V/3A and 20V/3A)
Each Downstream Thunderbolt 4 / USB4 Port: 15W (5V/3A)
Each USB-A Port: 7.5W (5V/1.5A)

Size & Weight

Height:    0.70"      (18mm)
Width:      2.75"       (70 mm)
Length:    4.48"      (114mm)
Weight:    0.39lbs   (0.18kg)

In The Box

1 x Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub
1 x Thunderbolt 4 Cable 0.8m (Passive)
2 x Rubber Feet Strips
1 x Power Supply (150W)
1 x Power Cord

Warranty

2 Years

Element Hub OWC Thunderbolt Hub

Total Number of Ports

8

5

Number of Thunderbolt 4 Ports

4

4

Number of USB-A Ports

4

1

USB Performance

10Gb/s

10Gb/s

Max. Monitor Resolution

2

2

Max. Monitor Resolution

8K

8K

Laptop Charging

Full 60W (Under Heavy Load)
Full 60W (Under Light Load)

Limited 45W (Under Heavy Load)
Full 60W (Under Light Load)

Power Supply Wattage

150W

110W

Port Power

Type-C (Host) 60W (20V. 15V/9V/5V 3.0A)
3X Type C 15W (5V 3.0A)

4X Type-A 7.5W (5V 1.5A)

Type-C (Host) 45W to 60W
3X Type C 15W 
1X Type-A 7.5W

Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, USB4, USB-C Compatible 

Host Connection

Side Facing Port
Clean and Easy to use

Front Facing Port
Messy and Bad for Limited Workspace

Reversible Design for Optimum Hub Placement & Cable Management

One way only

Apple SuperDrive Support

Yes

No

Warranty

2 Years

2 Years

Chassis Design

Aluminum Chassis Design
Perfect for Heat Dissipation

Mixed with Plastic

Yes, the Element Hub works on Thunderbolt 3 computers.
Thunderbolt 4 and Thunderbolt 3 are both 40Gb/s, and the Element Hub works great on both.

 

Some Windows PC manufacturers have limited the performance of their Thunderbolt 3 ports in order to restrict the number of external monitors that can be attached, and in some cases they have also removed laptop charging. Check to see if your PC supports two displays, and charging through the Thunderbolt 3 ports.

 

Apple M1 based computers only support one external monitor in total from their Thunderbolt/USB4 ports. Intel based Macs can support two displays through the Element Hub.

 

All Macs are required to update to macOS 11.0 Big Sur or above in order to be compatible with the Element Hub.

Yes, the Element hub is a perfect companion for the M1 Macs.

The only limitation is that the M1 Macs support a single external display through the Thunderbolt/USB4 connection.

This is a limitation of the M1 computers at this time.

Yes. Apple’s Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter (MMEL2AM/A), and macOS 11.0 Big Sur or above are required.

Yes, the Element Hub is a great option for Mac Mini users.
When connected to the MacMini, the Element Hub will not supply any power to Mac mini.

Yes, the Element Hub can be daisy-chained to the TS3 Plus, or any dual port Thunderbolt 3, or Thunderbolt 4 device such as the TS3 Plus. You can either have it first or second in the chain. We would recommend to have the TS3 Plus directly connected to the laptop since it provides higher laptop charging.

 

If you plan to use your own laptop charger, we suggest you connect the Element Hub to your computer first then daisy-chain it to other devices from the Element Hub.

Since the Element Hub is a compact hub rather than a larger dock, heat management is of paramount importance.
60W is the optimum power delivery for hub of this size in order to provide enough power and keep the device at the perfect temperature.

 

If your laptop is above 60W the Element Hub will still charge your laptop at a slower speed.
If you are using CPU or GPU intensive applications we recommend that you connect the laptop’s charger to your laptop.

 

If you require a device with faster laptop charging, CalDigit offers full size docks with 87W, and 94W charging.

No, the Element Hub requires a power supply in order to operate.

 

The host Thunderbolt 4 connection provides 60W of power, the remaining Thunderbolt ports each provide up to 15W of power, and the USB ports provide up to 7.5W of power. To provide this much power the Element Hub requires a power supply.

Yes, the Element Hub can charge your laptop at the same time as charging USB devices.

If your monitor is Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C it can connect directly to the spare Thunderbolt ports on the Element Hub.

If you want to connect an HDMI or DisplayPort monitor you can purchase a USB-C to HDMI, or USB-C to DisplayPort Adapter, and connect it to the spare Thunderbolt ports.

Yes, the LG 5K monitor has Thunderbolt connectivity.
Directly connect it to one of the Thunderbolt ports on the Element Hub and the monitor will start working.

You can connect any Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4, USB4, or USB-C devices to the Thunderbolt ports on the Element Hub.

This includes, but is not limited to, external storage, eGPUs, docks, monitors, 10G Ethernet adapter, USB-C to SD card readers, and USB-C to ethernet adapters.

You can also daisy chain multiple Element Hubs together.

Yes, you can. Please use a Thunderbolt 4 cable that provides 40Gb/s performance and 100W power delivery.
CalDigit 2.0m cables are available from the CalDigit Online Store (From Feb 2021).